This 70-foot flag pole is dedicated to World War I soldier Carl Dana Brandon, born on September 6, 1897 and raised in the Fall Branch community of Greene County, TN. He was the son of Andrew Jerome “Rome” Brandon and Cora May Pierce Brandon. He was also an Uncle to Carl Jerome Brandon, the original Owner & Founder of the Davy Crockett TA Travel Center.
Carl Dana joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in May 1917 shortly after graduating from Fall Branch High School. He advanced to the rank of Corporal later that year and was soon on his way across the Atlantic to the European Theatre of the First World War. He was a member of the 117th Infantry Regiment, 59th Infantry Brigade and the 30th Division. The 30th Division later became known as the Old Hickory Division, named in honor of General, President, and Tennessee native, Andrew Jackson.
During the Battle of Montbrehain on October 8, 1918, Carl Dana was fatally wounded and passed away later that night. He is interred in the Somme American Cemetery in Bony, France.
The current owners of Davy Crockett TA Travel Center, great nephews of Carl Dana, are proud to honor the wish of their late father, Carl Jerome, by dedicating this beautiful 70-foot flag pole to Carl Dana Brandon and to all the other men and women who served in war and peace.
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Soon after World War I ended, local citizens contributed money to purchase the Madison Town Clock as a memorial to the men who served and died during the Great War. Purchased from Boston for approximately $600, this specially made number two striking clock is believed to have been shipped by boat to Wilmington, North Carolina and then by rail to Madison. Engraved on the clock face are the words “All Those Who Served” and identically engraved on the clock Bell which was cast in Baltimore, Maryland by McNeely and Son.
The Wilkes County Memorial Avenue World War I Monument stands about fourteen feet tall on a sidewalk corner at the intersection of D Street and Ninth Street (Memorial Avenue). This stone marker has a large rectangular base, with an obelisk shape making up the top portion of the monument. The original bronze plaque on the top portion of the monument faces Ninth Street (Memorial Avenue), with a list of fifty-one Wilkes County veterans who gave their lives in World War I. A second plaque was later added in 2000 to the opposite face of the monument, with a corrected list of fifty-five names of Wilkes County World War I veterans.